Editors and Translators:
Technology shapes our lives. It has symbolic fall-out in our
self-image. A man by the name of Jaque Ellul wrote a book many
years ago called " La Technique. " He examined very
carefully the role of technology and how it shapes our lives
without us really even being aware of it; how it had a certain
kind of automaticity. How it simply ran itself and marginalized
Well, technology can't be invoked like a talisman. Today it
is everywhere. It is part of everything. How the creative individual
uses it is everything aswell. We are emeshed and embedded in
a technological world and it is changing somewhat rapidly now.
Technology isn't like some new toy. It's a whole set of activities,
relationships, and tools in which we are all imbedded. It's
like the air we breathe. It also has a powerful symbolic effect,
wherein our ideas about ourselves and our world are shaped by
the technology in which we find ourselves. It's not what technology
does; it's what technology says to us that makes it very important.
digital technology is allowing the creative individual to do
things that were impossible five years ago. We would not be
talking to each other right now without the internet. This translation
project would not exist. Neither would Harvest of Gems at Amazon.com.
Nor would we be able to submit samples of your great translations
to publishers on the net quickly. Russian triangulation would
be impossible too. I challenge you all to be creative individuals
in this new digital enviornment.